- File Size: 26464 KB
- Print Length: 64 pages
- Publisher: Scholastic Inc.; Reprint edition (April 30, 2019)
- Publication Date: April 30, 2019
- Sold by: Scholastic Trade Publisher
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07HP8QTSH
- Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,437 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A Friend for Dragon: An Acorn Book (Dragon #1) Kindle Edition
|Age Level: 5 - 7||Grade Level: K - 2|
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My daughter loves the cute illustrations of the Acorn books she's read (unicorn and yeti, dragon). She also loves the silly storylines.
Yes the story has some sad elements - dragon is lonely which prompts him to find a friend, dragon's friend apple is eaten. These did not bother my daughter, who thinks it's hilarious that he has an apple as a friend. She giggled when dragon tried to give apple food. And she excitedly showed me "look mama, someone *eats* apple! And he becomes a tree!"
She enjoys reading it. She loves that she can read "a whole chapter!" The funny characters motivate her to read for longer stretches. The silly stories encourage engagement.
To her, this isn't a sad story. It is a very silly story with a happy ending. She has experienced death in our close family, we have books on grief for kids, she has been in child grief groups. At no point did this book trigger any feelings of sadness.
So I think different kids may get different things out of the book, and parents should be mindful of the content. For our family, this book is a silly tale.
That being said, if you have a sensitive child, be warned. In this book, dragon meets a new friend (by means of a sneak) and takes care of that new friend for a while. The friend seems to be sick, so dragon brings it to the doctor. At the doctors office, another patient eats most of the friend. Dragon then buries the friend in his back yard. The next spring the friend has grown into a new apple tree.
The friend is an apple.
That little fact, didn't seem to mind to my seven year old girl who has an incredibly compassionate and sensitive heart. To her, Dragons friend had died. Dragons friend, who he loved and cherished, was gone. He buried him. And she was old enough to realize that the new tree, wasn't the same apple. (we have apple trees at our house)
If your child isn't super sensitive, it really is a cute story. It's a little bit longer than the other dragon books, but just as good. It opened up dialogues about death, loss, regrowth, patience, and more.